With Instagram feeds that ensnared us—retro bangs, devil-may-care curls—these stylists are poised for hair #inspo superstardom. Here, their ace tips to re-create their most awesome looks.
This article originally appears in the August 2016 issue of ELLE.
Moirano’s tactic to create sun-warmed highlights: “Make sure there’s dimension and contrast. Lightening in the right spots—around the face, hairline, and ends—creates a lived-in feel.” In this photo, Moirano strategically left roots dark for a naturally golden appearance, finishing with Bumble and bumble’s new Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry to add lift.
@LizMoirano | The Smitten Salon, DC
Rivera used two different curling irons—a three-prong barrel and a single one-inch barrel—to form these wind-whipped waves, then added R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray at the roots. The stylist also subtly incorporated a little shimmer: “I thought it’d be fun to paint red glitter at her part,” she says.
@bbjam | Red Stella Salon, Austin, Texas
“The most important tip in creating this or any braid style is making sure the hair is smooth before braiding,”says Lumpkin, California’s top twister. “I like smoothing the hair out with a blow-dryer and brushing so it doesn’t lose texture.” For ultra-sleekness, she combs through a little SudzzFX Zenyth Frizz Eliminator serum.
@jahmonit | Goo Salon, Los Angeles
“I create my haircut based on curl pattern and density of hair,” says Baltazar, who actually prefers to trim textured hair dry. Manhattan’s curl whisperer builds in extra bounce by applying classic Sebastian Professional Potion 9— “my favorite go-to for hydrating and repairing ends”—to damp hair.
@monabaltazar | Muze Salon, NYC
The Bay Area’s expert for model-off-duty cuts, Hernandez layered her client’s straight hair “to keep fullness in the crown, so that she doesn’t have to blow-dry her hair.” To tame flyaways, Hernandez worked in Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme.
@ponysalon | Barrow Salon, San Francisco
Henger used old-school barbershop techniques plus a touch of ADH Dry waxwax to take this grown-out pixie into edgier territory. “The cross was created from hair left over from the fade,” he says of shaving the side of the head. “It’s about the hair you leave on, not take off.”
@mikeyyyyyyy | Independent Stylist, Berwick, Pennsylvania